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Tamiya Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R

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Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R Tamiya No. 24335
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $34.00
Pros: New wheels and tires; driver figure; photoetched parts
Cons: Car sits a bit too high; mirrors on fenders distracting
The street Custom Skyline is a modified release of Tamiya's original GT-R released in 1997, according to the date molded into the body.

New parts include a fret of photoetched details, some adhesive vinyl seat belts, Watanabe 8-spoke wheels, strut tower brace, front air dam, oil cooler, and some turned-aluminum intake trumpets. Also new is a driver figure with optional poses.

The inline 6-cylinder S20 engine is a gem. 24 pieces make up the completed assembly, which starts off with the usual left and right engine/transmission halves. In typical Tamiya fashion, detail is crisp and parts fit is excellent, with only minimal cleanup of mold lines and such. I did need to file the top and bottom of the block to ensure a flat surface for the rocker cover and oil pan.  

Detailed painting instructions are called out for the individual parts. The three carburetors are molded together to make assembly easier, but I decided to cut them apart for realism. The turned intake trumpets really dress up the completed engine.

The chassis features separate pieces for all of the front and rear suspension components and exhaust, making painting a snap.

Seven parts make up the poseable front suspension. Put the front sway bar in before the cross-member, or you won’t be able to get it in. Photoetched faces are included for the front rotors (the rear brakes are drums) and fit perfectly.

Fitting the rear wheel hubs to the rear suspension requires care to be sure the alignment is straight. The new wheels look much better than the old stock steel wheels. The tires look to be new, too: Bridgestone Potenza RE71s with great tread and sidewall detail.  

The ride height looks a little tall; I would probably try to lower it a bit if I built another.

I waited until the engine was installed in the chassis to add the exhaust headers, so I could adjust the alignment if needed.  

Interior construction is pretty typical, with the top of the chassis pan making the floor, and adding side panels, seats, and center console.  

The side panels have good molded detail, requiring only paint and foil.  

Be sure to leave a little space for the seat belts to pass through when you add the headrests to the front seats. The seat belts are printed on self-adhesive vinyl- like material, but are not diecut. Photoetch is provided for the buckles and adjusters, and also for the foot pedal faces. The instrument decals require a bit of trimming to remove the extra carrier film to fit into the recesses.

The main body shell is cleanly molded, with just a few minor mold lines to clean up. The separate hood hinges forward and fits perfectly.  

The rear fender flares fit perfectly. Chrome plating on the bumpers and other trim pieces was bright, and all sprue-attachment points were hidden on the back side, so no touch-up was needed. Badging is a mix of photoetch and self-adhesive metal transfers. I found the mirrors mounted out on the front fenders to be distracting, so I filled the recesses in the fenders and moved the mirrors back to the doors.

This is one sweet little kit! Level of detail is good without a huge parts count, fit is typical Tamiya precise, and except for the hood hinge, there were no surprises. Aside from the ride height (which is just personal taste) I don’t know that I’d change anything. Highly recommended!


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